• Eyelash Extension FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions
    • Q:

      What are semi permanent lashes?

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      These are lash extensions that are bonded one by one to your own lashes using special lash glue, they are semi permanent because our lashes fall out and re grow in a cycle of approximately 3 months. 

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    • Q:

      What are classic lash extensions?

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      Classic lash extension are the original one on one lash extensions.

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    • Q:

      Do eyelash extensions make your natural lashes fall out?

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      Eyelash extensions don’t make your lashes fall out.  You lashes go through a lift cycle on average of between 60 – 90 days and they all grow individually at different stages losing on average 1 – 3 lashes per day.  You’re more aware of the lashes coming out when you have the extensions purely because your lashes are more noticeable.

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    • Q:

      When my eyelash extensions came out, my natural lashes came with them, should this happen?

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      Some people worry when they see an eyelash extension come out with one of their eyelashes attached to it.  Eyelash extensions are designed to stay on your lashes until your natural lash falls out, so when you see an extension come out with one of your lashes on it, don’t worry that’s exactly what’s supposed to happen, unless of course if you catch the extension and pull it off prematurely.

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    • Q:

      Why do my natural eyelashes look shorter than before when I stopped having eyelash extensions?

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      You’ve been used to having beautiful eyelash extensions, so when don’t have them, it’s always going to make your natural lashes appear much shorter than before.

      In some cases, if you continue having eyelash extensions for a long time and you have a thicker extension than your own eyelashes (some people just really want thicker lashes), the weight of the extension may encourage you individual lashes to come out slightly earlier than they would without the extension.  Which in effect reduces you lash cycle slightly.  So for example, if you have an 8 week cycle this may be reduced to a 7 week cycle.  But don’t worry, it doesn’t damage the actual lashes, and they will grow back to the same length as before if you stop having the extensions.

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    • Q:

      Are lash extensions put on every single lash?

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      Some technicians do place them on each and every lash, I don’t.  I avoid putting extensions on a baby lashes as this can cause damage if the lash is too young to take the weight.  I tend to work with the natural lash cycle so when you come back for in fills your baby lashes would have grown longer and healthier ready for the new extension, your old lash would have fallen out and a new baby starting to grow in its place.

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    • Q:

      What is the difference between single lash extensions and Russian Lashes?

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      Single lashes are placed one on one to your own lashes, whereas Russian Lashes (also known as 2D, 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D etc.) are several very fine lashes that are fanned out and placed as a fan on your individual lashes.  Because the lashes are extremely fine, the combined weight of several lashes still equates to the same weight of a single lash.  

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    • Q:

      What are hybrid lash extensions?

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      Hybrid lashes are a mixture of single individual lashes blended with Russian Lash extensions (these are 2 to 6 very fine lashes fanned out before bonding on to a single lash). 

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    • Q:

      Why do my eyelash extensions hurt?

      A:

      Eyelash extensions should not hurt; you shouldn’t be able to feel anything.  If the eyelash extension does hurt, one or more of the extensions may be stuck to your skin, but they should never have been applied to the skin, only the lashes.  If you experience any sort of swelling the lashes would need to be taken off straight away, although this is very rare.

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    • Q:

      Is there anything I can use to keep my eyelashes in good condition while I’m wearing eyelash extensions?

      A:

      Yes there are plenty of lash serums on the market that will help strengthen and grow the lashes, however, you will need to use one that’s oil free, and it really needs to be one that you paint on at the base of the lashes on the skin, not the lashes.

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    • Q:

      I have read that a number of consumers have had their lashes ruined by eyelash extensions. Can this really happen?

      A:

      There have been reports online and in the press about damage caused by lash extensions. These reports are mainly due to inexperienced technicians that do not have the experience of several hundred procedures of eyelash extensions behind them and have not trained to a master technician level.

      Ideally, the best way to find a reputable technician is through recommendation, either from friends or checking out online reviews,  it’s also worth checking out their qualifications and asking to see their portfolio of lash extensions they have actually completed and not just images of stock photos.

      Any good technician will take time to complete a consulting session with you beforehand and be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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    • Q:

      Is there any difference between the different brands of lash extensions such as Nouveau Lashes, Lash perfect etc?

      A:

      There are some differences, in particular, the quality of the lashes, I specialise in natural looking lashes.  I prefer to use top quality lashes and bonding agent, and I offer a selection of different lashes to choose from.

      I trained in Nouveau lashes to the master level but the main factor in ensuring a good set of eyelash extensions is down to the skill of the technician and not the brand.

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    • Q:

      Can lash extensions be placed on the bottom lashes?

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      Yes they can be placed on the bottom lashes and I have performed this procedure before. However, I do not usually recommend bottom lash extensions as it needs to be performed with the eyes open and therefore weaker glue that does have any fumes needs to be used.

      The downside of this means that the bottom lashes do not last as long as the top lashes, it incurs an extra cost which is not necessary. I usually recommend a water based mascara to be used on the bottom lashes to give a more balanced look. It’s also cheaper!

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    • Q:

      Can eyelash extensions be removed?

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      Yes but they need to be professionally removed with a special bonding dissolver.   If you try to remove them yourself you risk damaging and pulling out your own lashes.  Alternatively, you can just leave them to fall out naturally.

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    • Q:

      Do I need to have a patch test?

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      Yes, its always advised to have a patch test, particularly if you’ve never had lashes before or any other beauty treatment for that matter.  Although patch tests can never 100% guarantee that you wont have a reaction to the treatment in question,  anyone can develop an allergy at any time,  it is always best practice to have the test.

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    • Q:

      Can eyelash extensions be trimmed?

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      If they are synthetic the answer is no, as you will cut off the tapered end of the extension leaving an ugly stump. If they are real mink, they can be carefully trimmed by your technician.

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    • Q:

      How old do I need to be for eyelash extensions?

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      You need to be 18 and over, however, 16 to 18 years can have eyelash extensions with parental consent, a parent or guardian will also need to be present at the treatment.   WE DO NOT treat anyone under the age of 16. 

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    • Q:

      Can eyelash extensions look natural?

      A:

      Yes they can look very natural, this is what we specialise in but not all lash salons offer natural looking lash extensions.

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    • Q:

      Will eyelash extensions fall off?

      A:

      They will gradually fall off, longevity depends on the quality of the glue used and your own lash cycle, in general, we shed 2 to 3 lashes a day, so by the 3rd week you should have approximately 1/3 of the extensions left on.

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    • Q:

      Will eyelash extensions last on holiday?

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      A lot of clients have lash extensions specifically applied for their holidays, the same aftercare applies for holidays as at home.  If swimming just remember to pat your lashes dry rather than rub them and try to avoid getting sunscreen on the lashes.

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    • Q:

      Will eyelash extensions work on straight lashes?

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      Yes, this is one of the main reasons clients have lash extensions, they want curlier lashes.

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    • Q:

      Will eyelash extensions come off in chlorine?

      A:

      Chlorine should not make the lashes come off.

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    • Q:

      Are eyelash extensions vegan?

      A:

      Most eyelash extensions are synthetic and usually made of PBT.  Real mink lash extensions are not vegan.

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    • Q:

      Are eyelash extensions safe in pregnancy?

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      There’s no known case of eyelash extensions causing a problem during pregnancy, however, there are still the same risks, as with most beauty treatments, of an allergic reaction, even a negative patch test does not guarantee 100% that you won’t have a reaction.  We can do a lash extension on pregnant ladies, provided you have not had any complications with your pregnancy and you need to be able to lay on your back for at least 90 minutes, which can sometimes be a problem during the last stages of pregnancy. 

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    • Q:

      Are eyelash extensions waterproof?

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      Yes to an extent, they won’t all fall off if you get them wet but you need to be careful when drying them, pat dry rather than rubbing. 

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    • Q:

      Are eyelash extensions ok for swimming?

      A:

      Yes they are ok to swim in; however, they may not last quite as long on someone that swims regularly compared to someone that doesn’t.  

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    • Q:

      Are semi permanent lashes halal?

      A:

      Most eyelash extensions are made from synthetic man-made materials with the exception of real mink.  

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    • Q:

      How to maintain semi permanent lashes?

      A:

      Please see our aftercare page for full information on maintaining your eyelash extensions.

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    • Q:

      Semi permanent eyelashes for cancer patients?

      A:

      If you have lost all of your lashes due to cancer treatment, then I’m afraid you cannot have semi-permanent lashes, as you do need your own lashes to bond the extensions too, however, once you have stopped treatment and your lashes have started to grow back, as long as there is something there to attach an extension to, we can certainly make your lashes look longer and fuller.  We also recommend the use of a lash serum such as Rapid Lash to help grow your lashes back quicker.

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    • Q:

      Can you curl semi permanent lashes?

      A:

      Yes but only with a heated lash curler, if you use the manual crimp curler you will damage the extensions and probably pull your own lashes out.

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    • Q:

      Are semi permanent lashes suitable for sensitive eyes?

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      Yes the glue we use is of very low sensitivity (low fumes) however, sensitivity should not be confused with an allergic reaction.  If you’ve had an allergic reaction to the lash glue in the past there’s a very high chance you will get a reaction again, even with a glue that is low in sensitivity.

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    • Q:

      What are express semi permanent lashes?

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      Express semi permanent lashes are a lot quicker to apply as the technician does not isolate the individual lashes in order to place an extension, the extension is laid on top of the clients lashes, therefore bonding across a couple of lashes.  You should not have top ups/infills with these types of extensions, they need to be fully taken off and replaced every two weeks.  This is because some of the lashes the extension has been bonded too may be due to fall out and allow the new lash to grow through but is being stopped because the lashes have been glued together.  

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    • Q:

      Can eyelash extensions get wet?

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      After 24 hours the bonding becomes fully cured and therefore it is OK to get the lashes wet, however, you need to bear in mind you need to pat the lashes dry rather than rubbing them.

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    • Q:

      What are mink lashes?

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      Mink Lashes are generally made from synthetic fibre and are called mink as they are a softer more matt sheen than higher gloss silk lashes, which are also synthetic.  You can also get real mink lashes.

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    • Q:

      How mink lashes are applied?

      A:

      Mink lashes whether synthetic or real are individual lashes applied one to one to the clients own lashes.

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    • Q:

      What are laser mink lashes?

      A:

      These are individual synthetic lash extensions that are lasered with tiny indents at the part of the lash extension  that’s bonded to the clients own lash, these indents hold more of the glue so the  extensions should stay on longer.

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    • Q:

      What to clean mink lashes with?

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      There are several cleanser that have been specifically made to clean lashes such as lash pads, lash foam with brush, or even a high street cleanser such as Simple can be used with felt tips or brush.  Whichever cleanser you decide to use it needs to be oil free and you need to avoid using cotton wool or pads as the fibres from these can get stuck on the lashes and lead to irritation.

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    • Q:

      Can mink lashes get wet?

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      Yes they can get wet but try to keep it to a minimum and pat dry rather than rubbing.  If you have real mink lashes they may start to straighten if they continually get wet.

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    • Q:

      How long do mink extensions last?

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      We advise top ups at three weeks, without a top up they usually last somewhere between 5 to 8 weeks, if left to shed naturally with you own lashes.

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    • Q:

      Do mink lashes last longer?

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      The longevity of the lashes is more to do with the quality of the glue and the skill of the technician.

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    • Q:

      Can you swim with mink lashes?

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      Yes but if they are real mink its best to avoid getting them too wet, breast stroke rather than crawl,  synthetic mink are probably better for swimming in.

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    • Q:

      Are mink lashes better than synthetic?

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      Most mink lashes are synthetic, mink is a term used for describing the texture, which is more matt than other synthetics.  If you’re looking for a very natural look then yes, real mink is better.

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    • Q:

      Are mink lashes lighter?

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      Real mink lashes are generally lighter than most of the synthetic minks and therefore give a more natural look.

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    • Q:

      What are synthetic mink lashes?

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      These lashes are made of manmade fibre as opposed to real mink from an animal.  They call them mink because they have a more matt sheen as opposed to the synthetic silk lashes which have gloss sheen.

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    • Q:

      What are faux mink lashes made of?

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      Faux mink lashes are another term for imitation mink/synthetic mink as opposed to real mink lashes.

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    • Q:

      What are siberian mink lashes?

      A:

      Siberian Mink is a type of real mink used to make lashes.

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    • Q:

      What are express mink lashes?

      A:

      This is a speed application of lash extensions.  Instead of isolating each individual lash and placing an extension on each lashes, the lashes are not isolated, the extensions are just placed on top of the lashes, therefore one extensions is often stuck to a couple of lashes.  You should not have infill’s with this type of application, after two weeks the extensions must be fully taken off to allow any natural lashes that are due to fall out, to do so.  As a company we do not offer this type of eyelash extensions due to the possible damage this type of application can cause.

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    • Q:

      What are silk mink lashes?

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      Silk lashes are not made of real silk they are actually synthetic lash extensions, they are called silk because of the glossy sheen they have as opposed to mink lashes, so called, as they are more matt in texture.

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    • Q:

      What are laser mink lashes?

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      Laser mink lashes are synthetic mink lash extensions which have been laser cut with tiny indents at the base of each extension (at the end where the extension is glued to the natural lash), this allows the glue to have more grip meaning these lash extensions should last longer.

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    • Q:

      What are Russian 3D lashes?

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      3D Lashes, also known as Russian Lashes or Volume Lashes are 3 very fine grade lashes that are fanned out before being bonded to the clients own lash.  They also come in 2D, 4D, 5D, 6D etc., they give a fluffy fuller look, a bit like cluster lashes but finer, therefore less weight on the individual lash, thus less risk of damage to the natural lash.

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      What are 3D lashes made of?

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      3D lashes are made of very fine synthetic PBT fibres.    Synthetic rather than real mink is used, although real mink is finer than the classic synthetic mink lashes, it’s still too heavy to use for multiple lashes.

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    • Q:

      What are mink 3D lashes?

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      Mink 3D lashes are the same as Russian Lashes or Volume lashes, they are made from synthetic PBT fibres and are called Mink because they have a matt finish.  It does not mean they are made from real Mink.

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    • Q:

      What are 3D fibre lashes made of?

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      They are made of Synthetic PBT fibres.

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    • Q:

      What are 3D silk lashes?

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      3D silk lashes are also known as Russian Lashes or Volume lashes.  They are called they are made of PBT synthetic fibre but are called silk because they are glossy rather than the mink which are matt.

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    • Q:

      What are Russian lashes?

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      Russian lashes, also known as Volume lashes, 3D lashes etc. are several very fine lashes, usually between 2 to 6 lashes, which are fanned out using special tweezers before being bonded to the clients own lashes.  They give much fuller, fluffier lashes than single one on one lashes.

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    • Q:

      How long do Russian lashes last?

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      We recommend a top up every 3 weeks, without a top up they will last anywhere between 5 to 8 weeks.

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    • Q:

      What are Russian xd lashes?

      A:

      This is just a brand name that Eyelash Emporium uses for their training of Russian or Volume lashes. 

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    • Q:

      Can I have Russian lashes with contact lenses?

      A:

      Yes you can still wear Russian or any other lash extensions with contact lenses, you just need to be a bit more careful when putting them in or taking them out not to pull on the lashes.

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    • Q:

      How to maintain Russian lashes?

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      Russian Lashes should be maintained the same as all lash extensions, view aftercare.

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    • Q:

      Can you have Russian lashes when pregnant?

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      There are no known cases of Russian eyelash extensions causing problems during pregnancy, however, as with most beauty treatments, there is a risk of an allergic reaction, even a negative patch test does not guarantee 100% that you won’t have a reaction.  We can do lash extension on pregnant ladies, provided you have not had any complications with your pregnancy and you need to be able to lay on your back for at least 2 hours, which can sometimes be a problem during the last stages of pregnancy.

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    • Q:

      Can you trim Russian lashes?

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      No, if you trim them you will lose the tapered end and will look very blunt and stubby.

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    • Q:

      Can you swim with Russian lashes?

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      Yes but it would be best to keep them out of the water if possible.  If you do get them wet, pat them dry rather than rubbing them.

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    • Q:

      What do Russian lashes look like?

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      Russian lashes can be used to create several different looks with an experienced technician.  They consist of several (usually between 2 to 6) very fine grade individual lashes that are fanned out before bonding to the clients own individual lashes.  They can vary from be soft and fluffy but still fairly natural in look, to very heavy glamorous look.  These lashes can take between 2 to 4 hours depending on how many lashes the client has and how glamorous they want them to be.

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    • Q:

      Are Russian lashes vegan?

      A:

      They are made from synthetic PBT manmade fibres.

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    • Q:

      Are Russian lashes individual?

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      They are not single individual lash extensions.  They are made up of find grade individual lashes that are grouped together then fanned out by the technician, they are then glued at the bottom and bonded to the client’s individual lashes.  Although, because it is quite a skilled process some clinic may use premade fans, the down side of using pre made fans is when a fan falls off, all the lashes in the fan will come off at the same times, however, with fans made up by a skilled technician, the fans shed so even if you lose a few lashes from the fan you will still have some left on. 

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    • Q:

      Are Russian lashes mink?

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      They are not made of real mink as this would be too thick, they are made from synthetic fibre.  They are called Mink because they have a matt finish which is a more natural look compared to the silk finish which is shinny.

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    • Q:

      How long do Russian lashes take to put on?

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      It depends on a few factors such as how many lashes you have, the speed of the technician and how full you want them to be.   They do take longer than individual extensions, because they need to be fanned first, so you’re looking at anywhere between 2 to 3 hours.

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    • Q:

      Russian lashes on holiday?

      A:

      Russian lashes are fine for holidays, you just need to follow the same aftercare as for individual lash extensions.

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    • Q:

      Are Russian lashes safe?

      A:

      Provided Russian lashes are put on correctly they are perfectly safe, a good technician will take into account the condition of the clients own lashes and will only put on a safe number of lashes, usually between 2 to 6 lashes per fan. 

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    • Q:

      How are Russian lashes applied?

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      Russian lashes are very fine individual lashes that are fanned out into a small group of lashes, usually 2 to 6 they are then glued to the client’s individual lashes.

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    • Q:

      What are Russian volume lashes made of?

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      They are made from synthetic man-made fibres.

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    • Q:

      How to clean Russian lashes?

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      You need to avoid getting any oil based products near the lashes.  The best product to use is a specially formulated foam lash cleanser and a cosmetic brush to gently clean the lashes.  This will help them to stay clean and fluffy.

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    • Q:

      How to remove Russian lashes?

      A:

      You should never attempt to remove the lashes yourself, as you risk pulling out your own lashes.  You should have them professionally removed.  A special gel is used to gently dissolve the bonding.

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